… learn a new knitting technique.
My weekend went NOTHING like the plan. In the last hours of Friday, I came down with a stomach virus, so no retreat for me. In fact, I didn’t leave the house – except to walk the dogs, because, well… Sissy is persuasive – until last night.
I FROZE on our Saturday morning walk. I bundled up, complete with a knitted hat, and still, my ears were cold. So when I got back to the house, a braincell fired, and I remembered I wanted to learn to double knit.
**Note: Hat works better when I pull it down over my ears and let the extra “height” collapse against the back of my head. It’s never going to be my favorite hat though.
I happened to have a double knit headband in my Ravelry queue, so I grabbed two washable wool blends from my stash and cast on.
Project: Double Knit #1
Pattern: Simple Double Knit Headband is a great introduction to double knitting. It’s very straight-forward and yields a truly functional headband.
Yarn: Main color – Lion Brand Wool-Ease in natural heather. Contrast color – Valley Yarns Sugarloaf in blue-green. Again, I will be using this regularly on walks to keep my delicate ears warm, so it’s machine washable. I also wanted two yarns with serious contrast for my first project.
Needles: Addi Clicks, #6, 24″ cord. Note to self: Order the longer and shorter cords already! I do plan to size down to #5 for the next one.
Verdict: It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for who it’s for – me! I do need to work on even tension, and I’d like to ask those with double knitting experience, do you hold both yarns in the same hand and just pick accordingly or do you run one color through one hand and the other, through the other hand – as with color work?
And no, there is no photo of me wearing it. The Knight wasn’t home when I was doing photos and I’m not very good at self portraits!
How was your weekend?